Goodspeed Analysis: Only the Egyptian army has power to restore stability
We may be witnessing the final days of Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years in power, but it isn’t the end of six decades of military control in Egypt.
The only actors with the power, prestige and experience to temporarily resolve the crisis are the country’s armed forces.
Neither the aged and faltering Egyptian President, nor the disparate ad hoc coalition of opposition groups, united only in their opposition to the aging leader, have the wherewithal to end Egypt’s days of rage.
But its army, the largest in the Arab world and the 10th largest worldwide, has been a central force in Egyptian politics ever since officers staged a coup and overthrew the monarchy in 1952.
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